200. Why We Stopped Fostering

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In this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show, Jesse and I share why we made the decision recently to close our home (at least for the next year or two) to fostering. It was a really difficult decision to make — and it wasn’t the decision we were expecting to make right now. But we spent a lot of time praying and had a lot of conversations and are grateful for the clear direction God gave us and the peace we have.

While the need for foster families is so great right now, we also know that loving and caring for our six children is our highest priority — despite our heart to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care. The beautiful thing we’ve learned the past few years is that there are many ways to make a difference without actively fostering.

In this episode we talk about decision-making, prioritizing, and why there are seasons for saying yes and seasons for saying no and both can be a good thing. This process of making this decision is part of what I talk about in my new book, The Time-Saving Mom: How to Juggle a Lot, Enjoy Your Life, and Accomplish What Matters Most and I close out the podcast reading a section from it.

In This Episode

[00:36] – We are sharing about a difficult decision we made recently.

[02:23] – But first, what has been saving my life lately?

[07:57] – The story behind our decision.

[10:32] – Two of our daughters will soon be graduating.

[11:50] – Our three little ones need a lot right now.

[14:45] – Our family is currently not equipped to meet DCS’s needs of us taking in teens or large sibling groups.

[17:25] – We talk about celebrating someone’s yes and someone’s no.

[20:53] – I segue into my new book.

[21:51] – I read a section from the introduction from my book.